Tevez hits Juve brace to end five-year Champions League drought
Carlos Tevez ended his five-year Champions League goal drought with a second-half brace to give Juventus a precious 2-0 win over Swedish champions Malmo in Turin on Tuesday.
Tevez had not scored in the competition since hitting the net for Manchester United in a 2-2 draw with FC Porto at Old Trafford on April 7, 2009.
But amid a dominant display by the Italian champions in Turin, the Argentinian rekindled the flame to secure a win that leaves Juve level in Group A with Olympiakos after the Greeks’ 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid.
With Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal still recovering from injury, Claudio Marchisio had the task of marshalling Juve’s five-man midfield with Paul Pogba and Asamoah, the latter moving a notch inside in place of wingback Patrice Evra.
At the back, Giorgio Chiellini returned from suspension but for most of the match Juve’s three-man defence had comparatively little to worry about.
Malmo, who progressed to the group stages following UEFA’s decision to tweak rules on participation for national champions in affiliated countries, had little to offer.
The Bianconeri took command from kick-off but went in for the half-time break frustrated with what was a poor return from a one-sided encounter.
But the match, and the stadium, finally burst into life on the hour.
Tevez’s chip found Asamoah to the right of goal and when the Ghanaian responded with a cool backheel into the Argentinian’s path he stepped in to drive the ball past the outstretched hands of Olsen.
Juventus forward Carlos Tevez (R) scores his first goal. Photo: AFP
Juve had the ball in the net moments later when Llorente tapped Lichsteiner’s low cross into the net but it was ruled offside.
Lichsteiner, again, got his head to a powerful delivery from Evra but saw his bouncing header go over.
Llorente and Pogba both failed to make contact with Evra’s low delivery across the face of goal.
The Spanish international was then denied twice in succession by a superb Olsen, who pulled off a brilliant one-handed save.
Tevez (not seen) scores his second goal through a free kick.
Llorente made way for Alvaro Morata in the closing minutes and when the Spaniard won a freekick on the edge of the area Tevez stepped up to curl the ball inside the far post. - AFP
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